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Skills in Canada – Five priority areas for building a country that supports ongoing learning

Whether Canadians are looking for a job, working from home or changing how they work in order to respect public health guidelines, many are facing new challenges as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In order to tackle these challenges, we need to ensure Canadians have access to the tools they need to learn … Continue reading

Covid and Long-Term Unemployment in UK – Eight design intervention principles

Long-term unemployment could hit 1.6 million in 2021-22 – a 600% increase and the highest since 1994. These are our estimates, based on Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) scenarios for total unemployment. People become long-term unemployed when they have been out of work for 12 months and it scars individuals, families, and communities for years … Continue reading

Teacher Shortage in US – A crisis made worse by COVID

Some estimates have put the shortage of teachers relative to the number of new vacancies in classrooms across the country that go unfilled at more than 100,000—a crisis exacerbated by the pandemic. But policy changes can go a long way in addressing this shortfall. We lay out those policy solutions in our just-released paper, A… … Continue reading

Getting Britain Back to Work – The employment and skills response

Unemployment spiked sharply as a result of the coronavirus crisis and associated social distancing restrictions. During March and April 2020 around 2.5 million individuals made claims for Universal Credit, with claims running at seven times usual levels at the peak. The number of vacancies in the economy has fallen by three fifths, and it is … Continue reading

COVID and Social Dialogue – A tool to make a difference

A new ILO study shows that most of the ILO member States made extensive use of ‘peak-level’ social dialogue to shape emergency measures for mitigating the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key points For 15 March to 10 June 2020, it was found that:  A majority of countries and territories – 134 out … Continue reading

Platform Work – Regulating it

Evolving use of digital technologies and new business models, among other drivers, have given rise to online platforms that facilitate the emergence of platform-mediated work, such as “crowd work”, “gig work”, and other forms of often on-demand labour. Workers in platform markets often benefit from low entry barriers and flexibility, which can facilitate the labour … Continue reading

National Skills Strategy in Germany – Ten objectives

In view of the challenges posed by structural and sectoral change in technical and economic terms, the German Federal Government has worked together with the social and economic partners, the Lander and the Federal Employment Agency, in consultation with academics and practitioners, to develop a National Skills Strategy (the Strategy) focusing on continuing vocational education … Continue reading

COVID and Jobs at the Local Level – Community-driven, evidence-based approaches to better link and prepare workers for the good jobs that do and will exist

When a durable recovery strategy from the COVID-19 pandemic finally emerges, it will confront not just one badly damaged economy, but numerous fractured economies. The pandemic recession is hitting some sectors harder than others, with regions dependent on manufacturing and hospitality particularly devastated. Even state and local government jobs have taken a hit, which will … Continue reading

Future of Work in Canada – Enhance the adaptation of the labour force

Achievement of a decent level of growth in Canadian per-capita incomes in the years ahead depends crucially on an increase in the number of hours worked relative to the size of our population—and even more importantly on the quality of output from each of those hours. Like a steady drip, Canada’s labour force participation rate … Continue reading

UI during COVID in US – How to improve it

This panel will focus on changes in unemployment insurance (UI) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and how lessons from these changes can guide reform of the federal-state UI system. For example, what lessons does the CARES Act UI payments experience offer on how we can better promote an equitable recovery? … Continue reading

Future of Work in BC – Options for building a resilient labour force

With the rapid growth of automation and technological advancement, the skills and competencies required across British Columbia’s economic development regions are evolving. As the province shifts towards a more digital, knowledge-based economy, it is important to consider the development of BC’s labour force. While there are a number of initiatives targeting the next generation of … Continue reading

Gig Economy and Self-Employed in UK – For a new self-employment centres, a Minimum Income Guarantee and a parity of rights and social security

Empowering the self-employed workforce Self-employment has risen significantly over the past two decades. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fragile nature of work for many people in the UK – and the self-employed workforce is no exception. In this report, we bring to the fore some of the shared challenges faced by self-employed people, especially … Continue reading

Youth Guarantee in Australia – The National Youth Commission Australia (NYCA) lays out a framework of reforms

WHY THIS GUARANTEE? Many young people successfully navigate their way from education to employment and independence, but many get left behind. This Inquiry by the National Youth Commission Australia (NYCA) was prompted by our concern that an increasing number of young people are struggling to make this transition. It also addresses the lack of any … Continue reading

COVID, Labour Market Policy and Public Employment Services – A key part of the mix of policy responses

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted economies and labour markets in all world regions. Labour market programmes are a key part of the mix of policy responses that governments have put in place to protect jobs, enterprises and incomes from the fallout of the pandemic. As in previous crises, policy-makers in emerging and developed economies … Continue reading

Longer-Run Goals of Monetary Policy in US – Including an “assessments of the shortfalls of employment from its maximum level”

Following an extensive review that included numerous public events across the country, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on Thursday announced the unanimous approval of updates to its Statement on Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy, which articulates its approach to monetary policy and serves as the foundation for its policy actions. The updates reflect … Continue reading

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